A frame grab from an FBI video posted to YouTube shows serial killer Israel Keyes as he was interviewed by investigators in Alaska in 2012. The nearly seven hours of video released Tuesday show Keyes, who admitted murdering Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, as he shared bits of information about 11 murders but withheld many other facts.
Burlington, VT (Burlington Free Press) -- Vermont authorities in 2012 agreed to keep secret the name of Israel
Keyes, the man behind the killings of Bill and Lorraine Currier of
Essex, as part of a strategy to get Keyes to tell FBI agents in Alaska
about other murders he had committed, newly released documents show.
know it's important to you to sort of avoid media attention to - that
you don't want law enforcement identifying you in connection with the
Currier matter," Alaska Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Russo tells Keyes
in the middle of a May 29, 2012, interview. "That they're prepared to
A video of
the interview, one of five released Tuesday, by the FBI office in
Anchorage, Alaska, shows Keyes, a serial killer responsible for multiple
murders nationwide, being handed and then studying a letter from
Vermont authorities outlining the agreement.
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prepared to continue cooperating, and in exchange you're agreeing to be
truthful about other crimes," Russo says. "And other bodies."
who was in jail at the time awaiting trial on charges he abducted and
killed Anchorage coffee-cart barista Samantha Koenig, says moments
later, "I do wanna cooperate."
But Keyes never did offer up extensive details on his other killings, and he committed suicide in jail in December.
I'm dead, then the investigation from the federal government point of
view is pretty much closed," he predicted during the May 29 interview.
release of nearly seven hours of interview footage occurred a day after
the Alaska FBI office disclosed a timeline of events in the Keyes
investigation in hopes of shaking loose new information about Keyes'
releasing this hoping it helps identify other victims," Eric Gonzalez, a
supervisory FBI special agent, said Tuesday. "We've exhausted all of
our investigative leads."
believe Keyes, 34, of Anchorage committed up to 11 murders and a number
of kidnappings across the United States from 2001 to March 2012,
according to a statement accompanying the time line.
In some cases, the FBI said, Keyes likely abducted a victim in one
state, took the victim to another state, killed the person there, and
then disposed of the body in a third state.
also burglarized 20-30 homes, used arson to cover up a homicide and
robbed several banks, including a branch of the Community Bank in Tupper
Lake, N.Y., in 2009.
the Currier case, Keyes told the FBI he broke into their house on the
night of June 8-9, 2011, took them to an abandoned building in Essex and
killed them as they fought for their lives.
bodies were never found, because the building was later torn down, and
the debris transported to a landfill in Coventry. Keyes' confession,
following his arrest for killing Samantha Koenig in Anchorage, prompted
police to conduct a dig, first at the site of the abandoned,
deconstructed building and later at the landfill.
Keyes followed the progress of the digs by reading online newspaper accounts of the effort, he told investigators.
a lot of trouble to go to. I almost feel guilty," Keyes remarks with a
chuckle as he talks to Russo in the May 29, 2012, jailhouse video.
"Costing the taxpayers a lot of money to find them."
Moments later, Keyes adds, "Coulda just kept my mouth shut," and he laughs again.
a July 26, 2012, interview, Keyes appears worried that the disclosure
of his name in a WCAX-TV report might mean state prosecutors were
preparing to charge him with the murders of the Curriers.
already did a freaking news story on it," Keyes tells Russo, the Alaska
Assistant U.S. Attorney. "And you've already said they're chomping at
the bit to charge me now."
Russo, in response, urges Keyes to divulge the details of his other crimes before Vermont acts.
now, before that case is charged, you're in a position of power where
you can negotiate," Russo tells Keyes, then paraphrases what he hopes
Keyes will think: "'All right, well, here's the deal. I'll give you this
other stuff, but here's what I, you know, want out of it.'"
Essex police Lt. Detective George Murtie said Tuesday that what Russo
and the investigators were trying to do was use Keyes' fear about
having to return to Vermont to face trial in the Currier killings to get
him to talk about other crimes.
that to say, 'If you go cold on giving us information, if you don't
cooperate, you may find yourself on a plane to Vermont, and we know you
don't want that,'" Murtie said.
Keyes, however, never really took the bait.
a Nov. 29, 2012, interview, Keyes remarks that he no longer sees what
he would gain out of telling investigators about his other homicides.
this point it's a one-way street," he says. "Initially, I thought there
were ways that I could manipulate the situation, this case, all the
related cases, to my benefit and on my time line by withholding
information and giving information out. ... Obviously over the last few
months I came to the realization that I can't do that."
Three days later, Keys killed himself in his prison cell.
the FBI says Keyes did tell them is that his first victim was a teenage
girl whom he abducted in 1997 or 1998 while she and her friends were
tubing on the Deschutes River in Washington state. He claimed he
sexually assaulted her, then let her go. The incident was never reported
told the authorities in interviews that he committed his first murder
while living in Neah Bay, Wash., in 2001. The victim's name and the
location of the body were not disclosed.
during the next four years, he told authorities, he murdered an
unidentified couple in Washington and buried them "in a valley,"
possibly after transporting the bodies over state lines and leaving
their car at another location.
said he committed two murders from 2005 to 2006, disposing one of the
bodies in Crescent Lake in Washington by using anchors to submerge the
according to Keyes, he abducted and killed a woman somewhere on the East
Coast and drove her to New York state, where he buried her.
Keyes told investigators he traveled to various locations around the
country where he buried sets of supplies he planned to use in future
The FBI found two of the caches
Keyes buried: one in Eagle River, Alaska, and one near Blakes Falls
Reservoir in New York. The caches contained weapons and other items used
to dispose of bodies. Keyes indicated the other caches he buried
throughout the U.S. contain weapons, money and items used to dispose of
police said one murder kit was buried along the Winooski River in the
so-called 68 Acres Park on Vermont 15 across from the Fort Ethan Allen
housing complex. He retrieved the kit before he abducted and killed the
Curriers in June 2011.
believe Keyes did not know any of his victims prior to their
abductions. Keyes also admitted to frequenting prostitutes during his
travels, including ones in Montreal, but it is unknown if he met any of
his victims during those encounters.
victims were male and female and ranged in age from late teens to the
elderly. Bill Currier was 50, and Lorraine Currier was 55.